We’ve been busy rebuilding 23rd Ave S. and we’re close to wrapping up the west side concrete work on 23rd Ave S between S Jackson and S Norman streets. Coming up next in early August, we’re switching to the east side. Here’s what you can expect.
West side concrete work is almost done!
The contractor is making great progress and is almost done with the concrete work on the west side of 23rd Ave S between S Jackson St and S Norman St. You’ll notice new road and curbs have been poured on the west side of 23rd Ave S and we’re close to completing the sidewalks and curb ramps. The days of driveway closures are coming to an end! We still need to connect the new pavement to the existing side streets and do the planter strips, but the major concrete work on the west side of 23rd Ave S between S Jackson St and S Norman St is just about done – a major milestone for the project!
East side work starting soon.
We’re starting work on the east side of 23rd Ave S between S Jackson St and S Norman St in early August. The east side work is going to be more impactful than the west side work. In addition to building the new road, curbs, curb ramps, and sidewalks, we’ll also install a new water main underneath the street. All of this work is expected to last up to nine months.
To make these improvements, east side neighbors will experience multiple temporary driveway, sidewalk, and side street closures. Like we did on the west side, we’ll provide advanced notice with details about when, and for how long, the closures will last. Seattle Public Utilities will also provide advanced notification for water shut-offs related to the water main installation.
To safely do the work on the east side, we’ll be shifting northbound traffic onto the new pavement on the west side of the street. Don’t get too excited though, our southbound detour will still be in place through the end of construction. King County Metro buses will also remain on the Martin Luther King Jr Way detour route through the end of construction. Construction is expected to last through next spring.
Clearly, we’re moving into the dog days of summer and construction. The good news is that time flies, and before you know it, you’ll be skiing and snowboarding again, and we’ll be counting down the days to the end of construction.
So please hang in there and thanks for your patience!
Coordinating with Vulcan.
We’ve been coordinating with the Vulcan project happening on the southeast corner of the 23rd Ave S and S Jackson St intersection to minimize construction impacts. They’ll be taking advantage of our street closure to do some work in the street along 23rd Ave S. This work will be happening over the next few weeks, including some weekend work. If you have questions while their work is happening, please contact them at 206.453.1005. Also, please visit their website for their latest construction update.
Other construction updates.
Work has started to ramp up along 23rd Ave S between S Judkins St and Rainier Ave S. Crews have been installing new storm drains, trenching in new conduit, and building new sidewalks and curb ramps. In the next few weeks, work will increase in the Rainier Ave S intersection. As the work picks up, please expect to see more traffic control, pedestrian detours, lane restrictions, and some weekend and nighttime work. The outreach team will notify impacted residences, businesses, and pedestrians prior to any major impacts.
Businesses will be open during this work. Please continue to support them during construction.